USD men fall 73-60 Saturday

USD men fall 73-60 Saturday The South Dakota men's basketball team (19-7, 11-7 in the NCC) has relied on its ability to make shots this season. For the majority of the season, they have had success with that part of their game.

Unfortunately, South Dakota did not have its shooting shoes on Saturday night in a 73-60 North Central Conference loss to St. Cloud State (20-6, 12-6 in the NCC) in the DakotaDome before 3,377 in attendance.

South Dakota hit just 22 of 65 shots on the night for a season low 33.8 percent. The 60 points scored was also a season low for the Coyotes, who lost to the St. Cloud State Huskies for the fourth straight time.

South Dakota, who came in averaging over 40 percent shooting from three-point range, were just seven of 26 for 26.9 percent from beyond the three-point arc. This shooting performance came a night after they made 14 of 26 three-point baskets vs. Minnesota State-Mankato (94-53 win).

Leading the way for the Coyotes was Paul Marshall with 18 points, although he hit just six of 16 field goals and three of nine from the three-point arc. Steve Anderson had his fourth double double of the season with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Jimmie Foster added 11 points and six rebounds. Josh Mueller had nine points, four assists, three steals and three rebounds for South Dakota.

While St. Cloud State did not fare much better from three-point range, hitting five of 20 shots for 25 percent, they were effective inside the arc as they made 27 of 60 field goals for 45 percent on the night.

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